I should be revising for my exams, but instead I've found an interesting way to procrastinate. I was watching a documentary on the Battle of Hastings and I decided to find out a bit more about the history of my rather appropriate surname - Norman. I was curious to know whether I was really descended from those raping and pillaging invaders from Normandy, or whether I was actually descended from those raping and pillaging Vikings from Scandinavia (Norðmen). The sites I found generally pointed towards the latter, but they all varied so much it was hard to make any sense of the information they provided. And don't even get me started on my mother's maiden name... So, for anyone who knows much about the subject, is it meaningless to try and trace your origins through your surname? Do surnames normally have more than one origin themselves? Have you ever got any further with researching your own?